I hadn't known it until just this week, but Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, President Ronald Reagan, singer Marie Osmond, actor Hugh Jackman, journalist Judy Woodruff, basketball great Magic Johnson and I all have something in common: Our families are inferior.
John Eastman, chairman of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage, shockingly and patronizingly denigrated adoption in an interview with the Associated Press, calling it the "second-best option" for families.
The latest episode of Critical Thinking Hosted by Waymon Hudson focuses on the anti-gay myth that has been blocking LGBT equality progress for decades: the vicious and debunked "Save Our Children" argument that gays are somehow dangerous to children.
I don't watch Modern Family, the primetime sitcom depicting "non-traditional" (e.g., same-sex, interracial and inter-generational) couples. Still, I'm struck by how fast family realities change and how slowly laws and societal perceptions about what's "right" reflect those changes.
Some of those fighting marriage equality want you to believe that there is only one right way to create a family. But families come together in a variety of ways, the best of which is when all the members love each other and deeply desire a lifetime bond. That is what happened in my family.
We were told that of all the families presented to her, this young mother chose us. She said that the baby would be her Christmas gift to us. And attached to that same email was the ultrasound she had done the day before. All I could do was stare.
Armed with inspiration from Dan Savage's groundbreaking book, my partner Don and I finally mustered the courage to start our own adoption journey. Now, years later, I've chronicled that journey in my own book. Therein lay the extent of my connection to Savage -- or so I thought.
As 2012 comes to a close, there is a lot to be thankful for in the LGBT world. But there are plenty of other important issues that receive less attention. Here's my out-of-the-spotlight queer wish list for the New Year.